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In 1982, there was a brief cycle of homosexual-relationship films, none of which were successful enough to form the basis of a trend. Producer/director/writer [[Performer~P286255~Robert Towne~roberttowne]]'s Personal Best is one of the finest. It stars [[Performer~P93989~Mariel Hemingway~marielhemingway]] and [[Performer~P19651~Patrice Donnelly~patricedonnelly]] as athletes participating in the 1980 Olympics. Growing ever closer during the training process, Chris ([[Performer~P93989~Hemingway~marielhemingway]]) and Tory ([[Performer~P19651~Donnelly~patricedonnelly]]) fall in love. Up to this point, Chris has been "straight," thus has trouble sustaining the relationship with older Tory. Their relationship is counterbalanced with the attitudes held by their male coach, Terry ([[Performer~P27245~Scott Glenn~scottglenn]]). While the homosexual element of the film is secondary to the endless shots of athletes in training, the critics latched on to the film's romantic angle, which may have sabotaged its chances for box-office success (the world was a different place in 1982). Personal Best was the directorial debut for [[Performer~P286255~Robert Towne~roberttowne]], who was not to direct another film until 1987's [[Feature~V49087~Tequila Sunrise~tequilasunrise]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 5, 1982


Mariel Hemingway
as Chris
Scott Glenn
as Terry
Patrice Donnelly
as Tory
Kenny Moore
as Denny
Jim Moody
as Roscoe
Luana Anders
as Rita Cahill
Jodi Anderson
as Nadia Pooch Anderson
Maren Seidler
as Tanya
Emily Dole
as Maureen
Pam Spencer
as Jan
Richard Martini
as Meet Manager
Jan Glotzer
as Karen
Apollonia Van Ravenstein
as Yelovitch
Frank Shorter
as TV Announcer
Mitzi McMillin
as Laura
John Smith
as Men's Team Member
George de la Pena
as Raoul
Len Dawson
as Announcer
Larry Pennell
as Mr. Cahill


Robert Towne
Robert Towne
Robert Towne
Michael Chapman
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Jacqueline Cambas
Walt Mulconery
Bud Smith
Rick Carter
Production Designer
David Geffen
Executive Producer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Linda Henrikson
Costume Designer
Ron Heilman
Costume Designer
Bruce Bisenz
Sound/Sound Designer
Dale Newkirk
Special Effects
Jerry Grandey
First Assistant Director
Christina Smith
Carl Silvera